Bill of Rights – Page 3

Human rights and drug policy

By James Petty

By James Petty. The question of human rights in relation to coercive treatment for substance use is, unsurprisingly, complicated. The concept of “addiction” exists within a complex web of legal categories, medical science, social values and cultural practices, all of which work to colour the way we view these issues. In 2010 the Victorian parliament […]

Offshore processing, gay marriage and youth justice: the human rights wrap up

By Eva Csik

Offshore processing bill passes Senate The Senate has passed legislation which allows the offshore processing of asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat. The Government has said it is looking at getting the processing centres up and running on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island within a month. Gavin Marshall, a factional colleague […]

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS, TAMIL ASYLUM SEEKER DEPORTED & DISABILITY INSURANCE: THE HUMAN RIGHTS WRAP UP

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

Government fails on child rights The Australian Human Rights Commission has found that Australia’s treatment of suspected people smugglers who said that they were children has breached international human rights law in a report released on Friday.  The report An age of uncertainty reveal that between 2008 and 2011 Australian authorities gave little consideration to […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

29 June 2012 No clear end to the asylum seeker policy debate Last week’s asylum seeker boat tragedy reignited the debate around border protection policies. After much debate Rob Oakeshott’s bill, calling for a revival of offshore processing, has been rejected by 39 votes to 29. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that she was willing […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

 25 May 2012 High Court Challenge to indefinite detention Human rights lawyer David Manne has lodged a challenge in the High Court against the Australian governments policy of indefinite detention on the grounds of ASIO security assessments.  The case will argue that refugees should have the right to an independent review of their security assessments. […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

11 May 2012 Federal Government announces budget On Tuesday, the Federal Government announced its budget for 2012-2013 which included plans to scrap billions from company tax cuts and redirect money to welfare payments. The Government also announced expenditure of $1 billion towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme and $513 million to improve dental services. The […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

23 March 2012 Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Established The Australian Federal Parliament this week established the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights following the passage of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 earlier this month. The joint committee has been established to “examine Bills for Acts and legislation for compatibility with Human Rights.” […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik

8 March 2012 Australia’s Peak Public Health Body announces opposition to Stronger Futures Bill The Public Health Association of Australia has announced its opposition to the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures Bill. The Bill proposes to introduce compulsory income management on social security allowances and penalties for possessing alcohol in order to tackle issues related to […]